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let's go to washington. my colleague, jake tapper "the le lead" starts right now. so think about this. more americans have been killed in israel by palestinian terrorists in the last month than have been killed by isis since the beginning of that group. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the world lead. three american rabbis slaughtered in a synagogue in seven minutes this morning by act-wielding terrorists. the fbi dispatched to investigate the deadly scene while the prime minister pledges to respond with a heavy hand. is this holy war heating up again? the national lead, arctic chill, polar plunge, tenth avenue freeze out, whatever you want to call it, it's cold in all 50 states, even in hawaii. but for those in buffalo already blanketed by winter's frosty
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quill, it's only going to get worse. let me tell you about thundersnow. and also in ferguson, missouri, protests and riots and who knows what as the grand jury prepares to decide the fate of officer darren wilson who shot and killed unarmed michael brown. how does the top cop charged with protecting a community plan to keep everyone safe? well, we'll ask him. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i am jake tapper. we begin with the world lead. a terrorist attack in jerusalem where three rabbis are dead during their prayers this morning. israeli police are still piecing together the details of the act but the pictures portray horror. the hallway of blood sitting in pools of blood. the three rabbis with american
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citizenship, moshe and aryeh and kalman were in the middle of praying when there were axes and meat cleavers and mere hours after their deaths, hundreds of jewish israelis flanked the streets carrying the bodies of the slain rabbis. no groups have claimed direct responsibility for the terrorist attack yet, the deadliest in jerusalem since 2008. but hamas, which controls gaza and both the governments consider a terrorist group, applauded the assault. benjamin netanyahu was quick too blame hamas, accusing the group of inciting palestinians and will respond to the attack with
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a, quote, heavy hand. ben wedeman is now live in jerusalem. have the israeli police identified the attackers or any group they might belong to? >> reporter: yes. the two attackers are from the jerusalem -- east jerusalem neighborhood and are in their 30s. they are cousins. and beyond that, there haven't been any real believable claims of responsibility. there was a statement put out by the marxist secularist popular front for the liberation of palestinian, plfp, claiming that perhaps they were members of the organization. but even israeli officials themselves are downplaying that claim. they seem to be tending to the belief that these individuals had no political affiliations that they found so far. now, the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has issued a
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statement earlier today in which he said today that their houses would be demolished. the israeli police apparently have taken into custody several of their relatives for questioning, as far as we know at this point. but as i said, there has been no claim of responsibility. hamas, as you mentioned, did praise the attack and keeping in mind that it is believed that hamas was behind the kidnapping and murder of the three israeli teenagers that sparked the war in gaza. >> ben wedeman in jerusalem, thank you so much. at the white house, president obama condemning the attacks but imploring both sides to back away from the violent ledge where they are teetering. >> too many israelis have died,
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too many palestinians have died and at this particular time it's important to try to work together to lower tensions and to reject violence. >> watching tear gas canisters and stun grenades while palestinians threw rocks and firecrackers, israeli settlers are assaulting palestinian workers. joining me now, former israeli ambassador to the united states, michael orrin. good to see you, as always. how will the government respond? as we pointed out, when three israeli teens were kidnapped and killed, that basically began a war. >> always good to be with you, jake. thanks for having me on. israel tonight is mourning the death of these four rabbis. they are israeli citizens as well killed in an israeli
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neighborhood by palestinian terrorists and the government is going to take a number of measures to try to upgrade security in the greater jerusalem area. keep in mind, this violence has not spread outside of jerusalem. it's very much centered on rumors circulated by jihadist organizations that jews are threatening the aqsa mosque. that is, of course, not happening. strangely enough, it guarantees religious freedom in jerusalem for all faiths but the one faith that is not allowed to pray are the jews. jews are not allowed to pray in groups at the temple mount for the simple reason that to do that could possibly set off the riot and type of violence that we are witnessing right now. so israel will take the appropriate military and police steps to try to monitor this violence. but the end of the day has to come from the top and it's not just the terrorist organizations that are saying the jews are in
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danger of the aqsa mosque but it's supposed to be committed to peace and not to be fueling the flame of this type of violence. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu ordered the homes of the attackers to be destroyed. the attackers are dead. what does destroying their homes accomplish? >> well, the demolition of homes is a controversial issue in israel. i'm not sure that he has the authority to order that. it has to come from a court order because the areas that israel captured from jordan in 1967, the six-day war, remains not under israel law but under jordanian and british law. if a person was guilty of terrorism, then the punitive measure is to destroy the family's house, this under the belief that that would deter the
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very family-oriented from carrying out terrorist attacks. it's a point of controversy within israel and will have to go through a lengthy, legal process in order for that to come about. >> there's no justification for this attack. four people slaughtered in the middle of praying but this incident does not happen in a vacuum. palestinians are claiming that this was in response to a palestinian bus driver hanging in his bus on sunday. prime minister benjamin netanyahu has called that suicide but the driver's brother said he saw bruises and signs of attack on his brother's back and palestinians don't think justice is happening. >> uh-huh. well, jake, the palestinian bus driver, his body underwent an autopsy that was witnessed by a palestinian forensic doctor and he concluded also that it was a
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suicide. later he returned to his village and retracted but that was the ruling of both an israeli and palestinian doctor, that it was a suicide. i don't think we have to look for cause and effect here though, jake. i think that ways of islamic extremism are spreading across the middle east, not far from where i'm talking to you, whether in iraq or syria. but it's not only in the middle east. it's occurring overseas as well, most recently in canada where two canadians were killed. the vast majority of palestinians on the west bank are not participating in the violence. even the vast majority of palestinians in jerusalem. but people are being called to rise up to jihad from these organizations calling these attacks in jerusalem but also around the world. >> we have seen some pictures of palestinians celebrating these attacks, passing out candy and a lot of israelis are distributing
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these pictures. do you think these are isolated incidents or do you think the majority of palestinians are happy about these murders? >> i think it's coming from the top again. the palestinian authorities' web page today praised the martyrs who carried out this heinous attack this morning. they've praised palestinians who have driven their cars into groups of israeli civilians. even a palestinian who drove his car and killed a 3-month-old baby was praised by palestinian authority mahmoud abbas. if the palestinian leaders, and particularly the palestinian leaders who are at least in theory committed to peace, are praising terrorists, then you really can't expect much else from the people on the streets and today it's true they were handing out candies celebrating the death of these four rabbis. >> ambassador michael oren, thank you. appreciate it. it's a policy that the u.s.
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with terrorists? joining us now is pamela brown. if negotiation with terrorists is off the table, what could change as a result of this review? >> jake, it's likely that we'll see a change in how the policy is implemented rather big changes over the policy itself. the administration saying it is ordering the review in light of the increasing number of u.s. citizens taken hostage by terrorist groups overseas. today for the first time, the white house publicly acknowledged it is ordering a comprehensive review of the u.s. hostage policy. >> this is something that the president ordered back in -- over the summer. that given the extraordinary hostage takings that we've seen this year, the president felt it was warranted. >> reporter: a series of gruesome executions by isis of western hostages has brought america's hostage policy into the spotlight. >> the families are confused because they don't know what is going on. and for any of these things to
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be happening, the families would have to be involved on some level. and the feedback that we're getting is, no one knows what's going on. >> reporter: after isis executed james foley, his mother told cnn the government should have done more and said she was threatened with prosecution if she paid ransom for her son. >> i feel our government needs to be shrewder and willing to negotiate with these people that hate us. >> reporter: isis freed some european hostages after their countries paid millions of dollars for their release but today the white house said that the policy for negotiating with terrorists will not change. >> the reason we're not reviewing the policy as it relates to not paying ransom is that our views on this are clear. the president continues to believe, as previous presidents have concluded, that it's not in the best interest of american citizens to pay ransom to any
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organization, let alone a terrorist organization, as holding an american hostage. the reason for that is simple. we don't want to put other americans at an even greater risk. >> reporter: but when an american is kidnapped overseas, the fbi and state department are supposed to lead a coordinated effort to funnel as many resources as possible to rescue the hostage. a top pentagon official wrote that the review will focus on examining family engagement, intelligent collection and engagement policies. >> any policy is only as good as the people's understanding of how to implement it. i don't think there's any problem with the policy and the implementation has to do with coordination among agencies and the levels of expertise of the people that are implementing the policy. >> the u.s. policy does not permit deals with terrorist groups but the u.s. exchanged five taliban prisoners forearm
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me sergeant bowe bergdahl who was kidnapped while serving in afghanistan. his case was different because he was a prisoner of war and it's an exception of the u.s. policy that makes it even murkier. jake? >> pamela brown, thank you so much. ransom payments are the second greatest funding source for terrorist groups. so how effective could any u.s. policy be if they can get other countries to pony up. joining me now is david rhode. he was kidnapped by the taliban in pakistan but managed to escape after seven months in captivity. david, good to see you again. what do you think is going to change in this review? >> i don't think there will be a change where the u.s. government does not -- the u.s. government does not pay ransoms. the unofficial policy, though, and this is what jim foley's mother was talking about, when a
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family or organization wants to pay ransom for decades the u.s. government has turned a blind eye and what happened in the foley case, they were warned that it is -- and it is technically illegal, paying ransom to a designated terrorist organization is material support to a terrorist organization and the foleys, again, for the first time it appears in many years, were warned that they could be breaking the law, that has to be clarified. so that's one thing that could help in terms of what comes out of the review. >> david, you and i have talked about this. we've seen the images of european hostages who were released by isis earlier this year. ransom was paid through intermediaries. isn't the real problem, at least as far as the u.s. government is concerned, former isis prisoners released because of ransom, isn't the real problem in the view of the president that european allies continue to pay ransom? >> to be blunt, yes. and there has been private pressure put on these european governments but it hasn't
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worked. the record government paid, according to the u.s. treasury department, is a government paid $40 million a couple of years ago for the release of four french hostages in west africa. that's $10 million a head. it's not the problem that they are paying, they are paying more and more. the expectations from these groups is that they can get huge ransoms and when you're talking $10 million, no family, no organization can pay that large a ransom. >> some people say that there really isn't much of a difference between paying a ransom and the prisoner swap we saw with bowe bergdahl earlier this year in exchange for five taliban prisoners. as somebody who was a hostage and the taliban tried to get prisoners and get ransom, what do you think? >> i think there's a problem again where the administration needs to sort of clarify its position. bergdahl was a soldier, that is different, but it was a case, it
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seems, that an american was traded for hostages yet the u.s. says that's not their policy. the kidnappers and also, frankly, these cases, having a safe haven in syria where hostages can be held and allows them to make these outrageous demands, i was held in pakistan by the same group as bowe bergdahl. the failure of the pakistani military to put pressure on the taliban to release me or bergdahl, that helps this dynamic as well. there's all kinds of things that can be done. there was mention of a coordinated effort. there has to be a more unified measure to stop the ransoms and in the u.s., a better treatment of these families. >> david rohde, thank you for your perspective and congratulations on your newish daughter. residents of buffalo, new york, have never seen anything like this, they say.
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nearly 6 feet expected today and they are even getting hit with thundersnow. plus, tensions raised even higher in ferguson, missouri, after the ku klux klan threatens lethal force against those that may cause any violence. what is the police chief doing it? i'll ask him coming up. big day? ah, the usual. moved some new cars. hauled a bunch of steel. kept the supermarket shelves stocked.
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. president obama says he's going to open a path for millions of those in the country illegally. in addition to what this might do to an already staggeringly dysfunctional washington, d.c., does the president even have the legal authority to take this step without congressional approval? it's a question being raised by republicans and democrats alike and one that the president has
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answered. michelle kosinski has more. >> reporter: it's strange to hear what the president said a year ago and then now more recently. the white house is vague on what happened there. was the president not so sure on the law back then when he gave those statements? has his view of the law changed? has he expanded his view of what the law could allow him to do? what the white house is saying is that the situation surrounding this whole thing has changed. but still, some of the president's own words now are being used against him. >> we're going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path. >> it's like waving a red flag in front of a bull. >> reporter: those were the warning shots heard around the world. and by now republicans have threatened everything from a lawsuit to impeachment pre-emptively defuncting actions on immigration and even shutting down the government again.
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now some of the president's own past comments on taking executive action are coming under top scrutiny, times when he repeatedly said he didn't have the legal authority to do so. back in 2011. >> sometimes when i talk to immigration advocates, you know, they just wish i could bypass congress and change the law myself. but that's not how democracy works. >> for me to simply do an executive order, ignore those national mandates, would not conform with my appropriate role as president. >> reporter: but even just last year -- >> i am the president of the united states. i'm not the emperor of the united states. my job is to execute laws that are passed. >> reporter: but other presidents, 11 of them, have certainly acted alone on this contentious topic, including reagan and george h.w. bush. reagan allowed legalization for 3 million immigrants. bush's action affected a million and a half people.
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so why such fury now? republicans are angered over other actions on other subjects such as climate change and looking at what gains can be made going into the 2016 election. today the white house faced questions on why the president's own view on legal authority has changed. >> we seem to be in a situation where the president has ordered a broader view of the law to determine what executive authority does rest with the presidency to determine what kinds of steps he could take on his own. we've seen house republicans refuse to act even on tense legislation that would fix so many of the problems of our broken immigration system. >> so that's what the white house is staying, that now republicans in congress, specifically the house, have made it clear that it's not going to take up the comprehensive immigration reform and, number two, that the president ordered the
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large-scale review of what he could do under the law. the white house is still not hinting at what could be in this executive action, how broad it could be or how soon it could happen even though the suspense is happening. jake? >> i'm surprised at what he could get away with even saying a year ago. it's a cold that goes right to your bones, below freezing temperatures hitting every single state in the country today and at least one area is wishing that was all they were dealing with. upstate new york covered in a blanket of snow with up to 6 feet expected in some areas. not inches. 6 feet. and more is on the way along with thundersnow. stay with us.
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. all 50 states, including hawaii, had at least one spot at or below the freezing mark and that's why the weather is our
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national lead today. let me show you upstate new york right now. this is depew, new york. the homeowner's garage is buried underneath all of that. check out this deer. western new york could get 5 feet of snow before tomorrow. cnn correspondent martin savidge posted this video on instagram. it was near freezing when he left atlanta but runways were covered in snow when he got to new york. mark is at the epicenter of the storm in buffalo. martin, how does it look there? >> reporter: buffalo is divided in two. northern buffalo, they've got hardly a trace of snow. below where we are, they are being inundated with snow. those are automobile buried in 4 to 5 feet of snow. now we're going to show you what is coming our way. take a look down the street here. this is what happens with this lake-effect snow. it starts off nice and clear and
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then a few flakes come and then down the street there it is disappearing. whiteout continues. it has been snowing in areas here 3 to 4 inches an hour, 4 to 5 inches an hour and that means, in some places, they are going upwards of maybe 6 feet of snow. in fact, in this area where we are now, road travel nearly impossible. this is a firestation we're located right next door to. even the fire trucks have been getting stuck so the first responders are relying on snowmobiles. volunteers have been showing up with those. if there's an emergency run, they climb on the back of a snowmobile and head down the road. again, this is not the hardest-hit area. we're on the edge of this lake-effect snow. anywhere beyond there is strictly a no-go zone. this is one for the record books. in the middle of november in buffalo.
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jake? >> martin savidge for us in buffalo, new york. stay warm. that rare event is creating thundersnow around the great lakes. meteorologist chad myers is joining us. what is thundersnow and how long is this extreme weather going to last? >> it's going to last for a little while longer today, stop tomorrow and then restart on thursday with new lake-effect snow warnings already posted for thursday for the same area. could you imagine 48 inches of snow, 48 in elma but only 3 inches of snow at the buffalo airport. a 45-inch difference in a matter of three or four miles depending on where you are. what happens is the steam from the lake -- i know it's not hot but it's still much warmer than the air. the air is in the teens. the water's in the 40s. the steam comes up and wants to rise. the rise almost creates convection, creates a
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thunderstorm but it's so cold it doesn't rain. it just snows. those are the snow totals from the airport alone. my dad and i used to watch the planes take off when i was a kid and then down where i lived, 42 inches of snow just 3 miles away. there's lake effect along almost all of the lakes. not on this side but on the winward side, that's where the wind happened. this is a firehouse moving into the south towns of buffalo and the warnings are already posted for today they go down for tomorrow and then back up tomorrow night as more snow is coming in. so if you go to buffalo, lancaster, that is west seneca and depew. farther to the south this is blowing right into buffalo, new york, itself. especially south buffalo and all the way across to octavia and this is not going to stop. can you imagine 48 inches of
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snow on the ground in one day and how hard that is to shovel and then the wind is blowing, there will be snow blowing over some houses. the good news is, the doors of the homes open inward. you open it up and all you see is a wall of snow right in front of you. everyone is basically trying to shovel out and this is heart attack heavy, heavy snow. please be careful out there. pets can get lost in this snow. make sure you know where they are at all times. >> meteorologist chad myers, thank you. the fbi warning as ferguson, missouri, awaits the decision of the grand jury in the shooting death of michael brown. we'll ask the police chief what he's doing to prepare. plus, chocolate has become so popular worldwide, there is literally not enough to go around. why it could mean the rich flavor that you've come to love could disappear. earning unlimited cash back on purchases. that's a win.
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(sniffs pillow) watch your personal dvr library where ever you go. with the x1 entertainment operating system. welcome back to "the lead," i'm jake tapper. we're learning today of an fbi bulletin warning that a taxes against law enforcement are likely if the grand jury does not indict darren wilson. tensions are mounting and the decision is expected really any moment. missouri governor jay nixon called a state of emergency and called for the national guard. moments ago he addressed residents and local reporters.
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>> we have to plan for contingencies. i have a responsibility to the state that we maintain and keep safety and that we protect property and obviously there were times before in which property was damaged and we're going to do our best to make sure that that doesn't happen. >> well, he's not the only one taking precautions. shop owners are boarding up their doors in preparation are to the decision and community organizers have asked that the police not use rubber bullets or tear gas or the special riot gear. with us from st. louis is police chief dodson. the fbi bulletin warns of attacks if wilson is not indicted. what are you doing to prepare for that while also preparing for an overreaction from your officers? >> you're absolutely right. public safety and the safety of
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our officers is the number one issue. our department, along with the county department and highway patrol, are ready to keep people safe, protect their property. but at the same time, allow them to have their voices heard, their constitutional rights. our intelligence is good. we've got resources on the ground and we're going to use -- well, the tactics that we need to keep people safe, which includes law enforcement. >> what lessons did you learn from the protests this summer and the police response last time that you think will help you keep the peace even better this time? >> well, we've had three months to prepare and ron johnson and sam dotson has sat down with organizers and tried to build bridges, develop lines of communications. and the vast majority of those in st. louis will do so to have their voices heard. it might be a little loud but they are doing it lauwfully.
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a small percentage are coming for acts of violence and the governors made it clear and law enforcement has made it clear, acts of violence will not be tolerated. our intelligence is good, our tactics are good and we can arrest criminals. >> chief, when i was there over the summer, what seemed to work is when police were spread out all over and what seemed to exacerbate the crowd is when police were consolidated in one spot and guns drawn. i'm wondering if you agree. >> and that's what we did see, too. if you put police officers intermingled in the crowd in their every day uniforms, we do festivals in the city all the time and that's our approach. but at some point, some point during the day, that crowd turned and rocks and bottles started to be thrown at officers and i was even close enough a couple of times to see the
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muzzle flashers from guns. that's when we have to go into the protective mode to protect ourselves and the lawful people that are there. that's the real challenge. the tactics that you saw were not directed towards the lawful protesters. they were directed towards the criminals. hopefully by building those bridges, the lawful protesters will help us identify the people that are here to break the law for violence. >> chief, when the community organizers ask that police not use rubber bullets, armored vehicles or tear gas and that officers wear their regular uniforms, not their riot gear, what was your response? are any of these items up for discussion even? >> it's great. and this is the message that is not getting out. those 19 rules of engagement, codes of conduct, we actually agree on at least 12 of them and as recently as this morning we were trying to work through them. so one of the issues, life safety, we can all agree on life safety. we're going to start out in our
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every day uniforms but if the situation dictates, putting on helmets, we're going to protect the public. things like helmets never hurt anybody. they are there for protection. i know that they are a sign and agitates the protesters but they keep people safe. out of those 19 issues, we agree on at least 12 and the conversations are continuing as of this morning. >> how concerned are you about a lethal response to violent protesters? >> i don't see them as credible. they are trying to work up the crowd and create fear. what i do know is that law enforcement has a good plan. i know we're going to keep people safe and protesters, demonstrators, we're going to do that. but also we're going to keep the public safety. if you dial 911, our plan with local law enforcement and national guard will have resources to come to your neighborhood or home if you have a problem. people are going to be safe.
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the rhetoric really causes problems, social media causes problems. >> sam dotson, as always, good to see you. breaking news in our world lead. a police officer who sustained injuries in the attack in jerusalem this morning has succumbed from his wounds and police have just issued that statement. wolf blitzer is here with "the situation room" preview. you're covering the terrorist attack in jerusalem today. we have word that there were four rabbis and now a fifth person, an israeli policeman killed? >> yes, one of the israeli police officers that showed up very quickly, shot the two palestinian terrorists who went inside that synagogue, killed those four rabbis and then unfortunately now one of those police officers who was injured seriously injured has now died. so five people were killed by those two terrorists, the two terrorists who were shot and killed in the process as well. we're going to be covering that story extensively. three of those rabbis had dual
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citizenships. because three of them were born in the united states, had u.s. citizenship, fbi is now investigating. >> we'll have much more on "the situation room" coming up in nine minutes. thanks, wolf. enjoy that rich chocolaty candy bar while you can. they may come to taste the change of chocolate that you've now come to love. ♪ oh what fun it is to ride. get the mercedes-benz on your wish list
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e financial noise financial noise financial noise financial noise welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. in our money lead, a race to save one of our most precious gifts. chocolate. once the good stuff runs out, the back-up option could leave a
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bitter taste in your mouth. literally. it's all about supply and demand and right now demand is winning out the deficit on something that we're calling the achocolpse. lucy and ethel, spit those out! agustus, climb out of that chocolate river. johnny depp, put back that choke late. we're in a cocoa crisis, nicknamed the achocolypse. the world seems headed towards a chocolate shortage. the first problem is us. according to "the washington post," world citizens consumed all of the cocoa produced last year and then consumed an additional 70,000 metric tons.
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yes. tons from our reserves. >> i can eat about a million and a half of these. >> no, forest gump, you cannot. india and china wants to take part as well. maker of m & m and muskateers is has said that if we continue to gorge ourselves, demand will outpace supply by two million tons. now the international cocoa production is calling them very overstated. >> everyone else i talked to said good luck with that. there really are reasons to be concerned. >> a food writer from bloomberg who has followed the trend disagrees. as the world population gets bigger and emerging markets continue to grow and gain wealth, they are eating chocolate and we're running out. >> but it's not all our fault or that of our appetites.
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the second threat to our beloved cocoa bean is nature. drought and a crop-decimating disease has left supplies low. so what is a chocolate consumer to expect? higher prices and less flavor, for starters. >> as growers start to grow new, more productive variety, we're going to do to chocolate what we have done to tomatoes and chicken and straw bear berries. we're going to turn them into cardboard. >> reporter: you're likely to notice a change. >> you're going to see them get smaller and the single origin dark chocolates, the very expensive well-loved products are going to get more expensive. >> reporter: so be sure to savor the chocolate that you have now.
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>> life is like a box of chocolates. you never know what you're going to get. >> reporter: that is, if you get a box of chocolates to begin with. >> that's it for "the lead." i turn you over to wolf blitzer. he's right next door in "the situation room." wolf. four rabbis, three of them americans, are murdered while praying as palestinian attackers turn a synagogue into a slaughter house. and we're just learning that an israeli police officer has died of his wounds. the u.s. has pleb plenty of fire power when it comes to pounding isis but does the u.s. have enough drones? we're taking a closer look at the growing shortage in the sky. north korea's charm offensive. it's not working at the united nations where the communist regime suffers a humiliating defeat over human rights abuses. and the big chill. with winter aon